The Boston-based Barr Foundation has announced second-quarter grants totaling $17 million in the areas of education, climate, and sector effectiveness.
Through its Education program, the foundation awarded twenty-three grants totaling $8 million, including support for the Engage New England initiative, a five-year effort to develop innovative educational models aimed at helping students at risk of not graduating high school. The funding includes four grants totaling $750,000 in support of a second cohort of grantees, and four grants totaling $600,000 in support of the third and final cohort of grantees. In addition, seven grants totaling $3.5 million were awarded in support of the implementation of the Wider Learning Ecosystem, a three-year project to create student-centered high schools that blur the lines between high school, college, career, and community and provide flexible paths to postsecondary success.
Through its Climate program, the foundation awarded fifteen grants totaling $7.3 million, including $2 million to the Transportation for Massachusetts Coalition in support of statewide policy education efforts aimed at improving and modernizing transportation in the region. And it awarded two grants totaling $98,500 through its Sector Effectiveness program, including $60,000 to Independent Sector to enable twenty nonprofit professionals from Massachusetts to attend the organization's 2019 national conference in Chicago.